Importing -Outlook Express old emails (DBX) to windows Mail

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Mail' started by Martin, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. Martin

    Martin Guest

    This was someone elses message but it applies-why is this so hard?


    I've read all of the posts here and not one of them help at all.

    I'm looking on how to import outlook express email accounts into
    windows mail. I can import the email messages just fine, but not
    my 15 email accounts.

    I have created a folder and stored this onto the windows vista
    machine, named: Outlook Express Email Accounts.

    When I go to: Tools => Accounts => Import. A box appears
    that says "Import Internet Account".

    I select one of the Outlook Express 6's *.iaf files and I constantly
    get this error: "The import did not complete because an error occurred."

    What's causing this and how do I fix this frustrating problem.

    Thanks kindly for any imformative solutions you can provide.
    Martin, Feb 17, 2008
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  2. I am dealing with the exact same issue. If Microsoft screwed something up
    with Vista, then the migration of Outlook Express accounts it is.

    First, I thought that it would be cool to just export the Outlook Express
    (OE) Account registry from Windows XP Professional. Well, that wasn't. You
    had to know you needed to do an export for every single account in Outlook
    Express and create an .IAF file.

    Second, during import of all OE mail messages in Windows Mail the wizard
    asked me to open the folder with all .DBX files. So I did. It said it could
    not find any message folders to import. So I tried several times, until I
    figured that you had to actually open the parent folder that kept the folder
    with all the .DBX files. Once that parent folder was opened, I then had to
    just select the folder that kept all .DBX files (not open it) and run the
    import. That finally worked. None of the MS documentation would tell you that

    Now, when I want to import Account settings (I have 94 of them) and when I
    want to use the "File" - "Import" - "Mail Account Settings...", Windows Mail
    immediately comes back with the message "No other e-mail accounts could be
    Since the submenu contains three (3) dots in the menu ["Mail Account
    Settings..."], I know there should be another dialog opening up requesting
    additional information for the import. But there isn't. Instead I immediately
    get the "No other e-mail accounts could be found." error message. What's up
    with that? - Again, all that the MS help will tell you is that you need to
    export account settings in OE 6 into .IAF files, but when it comes to import,
    where in the world can you tell Windows Mail where to look for these .IAF

    Some of you have tried to go through the "Tools" - "Accounts" menu in
    Windows Mail to use the "Import..." function right there. Well, as far as I
    can tell, the Windows Mail .IAF account export files have a different format
    than the OE 6 .IAF account export files. When I create a temp account in
    Windows Mail, do the export, then delete the account, and do an import, that
    works. But I could not import an OE 6 email account. Also, I used a HEX
    editor to look at both files (OE 6 account export file and Windows Mail
    account export file) and they are clearly different.
    That tells me that using the "Tools" - "Accounts" menu in Windows Mail to
    import OE 6 accounts would simply never work.

    So where in the world is Windows Mail looking when trying to import OE 6
    ..IAF account files when using the "File" - "Import" - "Mail Account
    Settings..." menu?
    Why does the error message pop up so quickly without even asking for further
    Wolfgang Kaml, Feb 17, 2008
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  3. Hi Martin,

    I may have a hint for you that may get you a step further:
    Before doing the export witin Outlook Express 6, go into the Properties of
    each and every single account, and uncheck the "Remember password" on the
    "Servers" tab of your mail account properties. Hit Apply, close the
    properties, and perform a new export. A new import within Windows Mail may
    then work. I have a very few accounts where it still does not work (out of my
    94 accounts), so there may be another issue.

    Bottom line, you are doing everything right, even though Windows Mail may
    require special procedures (such as unchecking the "Remember passowrd" option
    inside Outlook Express 6) before exporting accounts to .IAF files so that
    they can be read within Windows Mail.

    One thing is for sure: Microsoft did not perform its due diligence when
    testing the migration capabilities of Outlook Express 6 mails & accounts to
    Windows Vista Mail.

    Let me kwno if that helps you any further!

    Good luck!
    Wolfgang Kaml, Feb 17, 2008
  4. It always baffles me why people who upgrade from XP to Vista do not
    use the migration utility built into Vista.
    The first few times you start Vista, you get a Welcome Center screen,
    which (among other things) has a Transfer Files and Settings wizard.
    When clicked, it invokes the Windows Easy Transfer utility.
    I have used it several times already to transfer all my OE emails, settings,
    folders, accounts, rules, etc., to Windows Mail.
    Gary VanderMolen, Feb 17, 2008
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    JHudson, Feb 19, 2009
  7. Martin

    JHudson Guest

    I am having the same problem, and I am starting with Vista 64-bit installed
    on a new system. I was able to import the iaf files into the Windows Mail
    from another computer... but I would also like to be able to import the iaf
    files into Outlook, from another computer, but I get the same message as the
    JHudson, Feb 20, 2009
  8. Outlook? As far as I know, Outlook can't use .iaf files.
    Gary VanderMolen, Feb 20, 2009
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